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Ayn Rand rejected the dichotomy between mind and body and correlate dichotomies such as theory vs. practice, the moral vs. the practical, reason vs. emotion, and love versus lust. In Atlas Shrugged, she illustrated the unity of mind and body in speeches and thrilling scenes such as the first running of the John Galt Line. Explore how this principle shows up in Rand's treatmen of work and love, and in her exalted view of technology and industry.


1. The principle in love and work
2. Plot implementation and characterization: Rearden's struggle, the John Galt Line, Galt the inventor vs. Stadler the theorist
3. Clearest statement of the theme: The engine room on the John Galt Line, Francisco's sex speech, Galt's speech
4. Buried riches: The sanctity of industry
DOWNLOAD:  Accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Note: This audio program is the fifth in a six-part series, "Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Novel," presented at The Atlas Society's 2006 Summer Seminar. The other programs in the series are:

Part 1: Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Thriller
Part 2: Producers vs. Looters and Parasites
Part 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 4: The Pursuit of Happiness
Part 6: Trade vs. Power 


William R Thomas

About The Author:

William R Thomas is a best-selling author. He is Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he taught the economic history of the United States and China. He has also lectured at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and conducted research under the auspices of the People's University of China. Thomas is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and he holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.
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